Jordan Henderson has backed Brendan Rodgers to lead Liverpool back up the table following their disappointing campaign.
Two years ago, Liverpool came agonisingly close to lifting the Barclays Premier League, but last season was a huge let-down.
The Reds finished sixth in the table and exited both cup competitions at the semi-final stage.
Henderson admits that is not good enough for a club of Liverpool’s stature, but he still thinks Rodgers should remain at the helm.
The Liverpool midfielder says the Northern Irishman played a big role in turning him into a Premier League regular following a difficult start to life at Anfield following his £20million move from Sunderland.
And he insists Rodgers is the right man to revive the club’s fortunes next term.
“Of course I want him to stay” the Liverpool midfielder said.
“I have spoke highly of Brendan ever since he came to the club.
“He has been fantastic for me and for Liverpool.”
Liverpool were given a boost on Thursday when they announced the signing of James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City.
But with inspirational captain Steven Gerrard now gone and Raheem Sterling’s contract dispute showing no sign of being resolved, big doubts still remain about the Reds’ ability to bridge the 25-point gap that separates them from champions Chelsea.
“This (coming) season is a big season for everyone involved,” Henderson added.
“We all know that. We want to be finishing high as possible in the league and winning trophies. We have a great group of lads with great potential but I think it’s time now we started showing that potential in the Premier League and also in cups.
“Getting to semi-finals is great but we need to be getting to finals and winning trophies. That is what we will be looking to do next season.”